NY Senate OKs package of bills aimed at opioid, heroin use

The New York state Senate has passed a new collection of bills aimed at battling the state’s increasing rates of opioid and heroin abuse.

The Senate on Monday passed eight bills to staunch heroin, opioid and synthetic drug use that lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have declared a statewide crisis.

 Six measures target the use of synthetic or designer drug mixers such as fentanyl that escape criminality in current laws.

Two more bills would promote coordination among health-care providers and would notify prescribers when an individual has suffered an overdose.

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